By Leigh Ann Thomas, Certified Personal Trainer

Smoothies are a delicious and convenient way to pack in a nutritious meal right after a workout. Fueling your body with essential macronutrients such as protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates will help repair and rebuild muscle tissue, reduce inflammation and stabilize blood sugar levels.  What’s more, smoothies are easy to prepare and travel well, which is ideal for those who are always on the go. Now is the perfect time to step your smoothie game up and take advantage of fun and festive ingredients while also keeping your diet in check!

Health Benefits

Protein

Our pumpkin pie smoothie is loaded with nutritional benefits to repair, restore and rebuild your body from the inside out. Start with our signature Hotze Pure Pea Protein Powder formula, which is designed using a non-GMO vegetarian blend to help improve digestion, support a healthy metabolism and grow lean muscle. Adding Hotze Pure Pea Protein Powder to your smoothie is an excellent way to include BCAA’s, (branched chain amino acids) such as leucine, arginine and lysine, to ensure you’re fueling your body with the quality ingredients you need.

Collagen Powder

Collagen powder has been on the rise as the next big thing in anti-aging, and rightfully so. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body. It’s available in your skin, muscles, bones, hair, nails and blood.  Needless to say, this protein is essential for keeping our bodies functioning as it should. However, as we age, our bodies begin to produce less and less of this protein, leading to achy joints, stiff muscles, saggy skin, and thinning hair and nails. The good news is you can reverse collagen loss by supplementing with Hotze Collagen Peptide Powder, containing 3 different types of grass-fed, non-GMO bovine collagen. This patented formula includes Fortigel, Verisol and Fortibone peptides, a complete protein matrix which can improve hair and nail growth, skin elasticity, as well as bone and joint metabolism.  In other words, our Hotze Collagen Peptide Powder should be a staple in your diet.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin should be in our diet all year round, rather than once a year. This superfood has fantastic health benefits and is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, while also being a low-calorie food. Here are a few nutritional benefits:

Pumpkin should be in our diet all year round, rather than once a year. This superfood has fantastic health benefits and is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, while also being a low-calorie food. Here are a few nutritional benefits:

  • Antioxidants - Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin can protect your body against free-radical damage and oxidative stress. These carotenoids then convert to vitamin A in the body, supporting healthy eye development, boosting immune health, and reducing risk against certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes.
  • Vitamins and Minerals -  Pumpkins are packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, E and B, potassium, iron and folate, all of which help boost your immune system, increase energy, reverse skin damage and improve complexion.
  • Fiber – Pumpkin is high in fiber, which may help keep your weight in check. Fiber can help reduce your appetite by keeping you full and satisfied, while also promoting digestion and elimination of foods. In addition, pumpkin contains a lot of water and may act like a diuretic if you consume a lot of it. This may help reduce bloat and fluid retention.

So the next time you want to boost your smoothie’s nutritional profile, reach for the pumpkin to add an extra level of protection and immunity during cold and flu season. During the summer months, eat more pumpkin to help protect your skin against damaging UV rays and free-radicals. Pumpkin is such a versatile food and I encourage you to try all the different ways to incorporate it into your diet.

MCT Oil

MCT oil is a medium-chain triglyceride (fatty acid) which is a type of fat that can be readily converted into energy. This fat can be found in sources such as coconut oil, palm oil and other dairy products, or you can purchase this oil on its own, which is the preferred source. MCT oil has become popular in recent years thanks to the ketogenic diet, which can help people lose weight, gain energy and increase their exercise endurance. In addition to weight loss, MCT oil can also improve mental acuity and memory function.

Triglycerides are fatty acids that come in three sizes: long, medium and short chained. Medium chained triglycerides are made up of 6-12 carbon atoms, which the body absorbs much faster than other triglycerides. Unlike the other fatty acids, MCTs bypass the gut and go straight to the liver. From there, the liver converts the fat into ketones, which the body will use as fuel to be burned as energy. Since the calories from MCTs are used instantly, they are less likely to be stored in the body. Keytone production has also been proven to pass through the blood-brain barrier, making them a convenient source of energy for your brain cells.

Keto Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender. It serves one. Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Breakdown:

5g net carbs!

Calories

440

Fat

37g

Carbohydrates

7g

Fiber

2g

Protein

20g